Information from the City of Eau Claire Department of Public Works:
The Chippewa River in Downtown Eau Claire was at elevation 768.1 at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 15, 2010, which is approximately 5 feet below flood stage of 773.0. The National Weather Service (NWS) has not forecast a crest for the Chippewa River although upstream river gages appear to be holding steady or dropping at this time. The river is expected to stay at or near current levels through Wednesday, March 17th and then gradually recede.
Only minor flooding impacts are expected at the present time. The Chippewa River Trail in the vicinity of Hobbs Ice Arena and behind the University Fine Arts Center is currently closed due to high water. Trail users are urged to exercise caution and be alert for changes in the trail conditions. Flood waters can generate stronger and faster currents,
eddies are more dangerous, and murky water can hide scour holes and drop offs.
Persons using the rivers for hunting and angling activities should exercise extreme caution, as currents will be much faster and stronger than normally encountered. The City will continue to monitor the river and provide updated information as conditions may warrant.
For further information about this news release or river elevations, please contact the City of Eau Claire, Department of Public Works at (715)-839-4934.